Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Your Genome

Did you know that a tenant of 21st Century preventive medicine involves strengthening a person's immune system by design, using a personalized approach? In an article entitled, "My Genome, My Self," author Steven Pinker wrote: "Like the early days of the Internet, the dawn of personal genomics promises benefits and pitfalls that no one can foresee. It could usher in an era of personalized medicine, in which drug regimens are customized for a patient’s biochemistry rather than juggled through trial and error, and screening and prevention measures are aimed at those who are most at risk. It opens up a niche for bottom-feeding companies to terrify hypochondriacs by turning dubious probabilities into Genes of Doom." (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/magazine/11Genome-)

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